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2 Saskatchewan companies fined for workplace safety violations

PotashCorp pleaded guilty in a workplace death in Saskatoon provincial court on Tuesday.
Two Saskatchewan companies fined for workplace safety violations, one which resulted in the death of a worker. File / Global News

Two Saskatchewan companies have been fined for workplace safety violations in separate cases, one that resulted in the death of a worker.

On Sept. 15, 2014, a tractor with a crane came into contact with a high-voltage electrical line near Coleville, Sask., killing a worker walking beside the tractor.

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Darcy Rask Construction Inc. pleaded guilty on Aug. 30 for failing to ensure no workers work, and no equipment of powered mobile equipment, is used or operated within a minimum distance from exposed energized electrical conductors.

The Birch Hills, Sask., company was fined $23,800.

In the separate case, a worker became trapped under a trencher on July 15, 2015 while installing irrigation pipes near Swift Current, Sask.

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C. & F. Installations Company pleaded guilty on Aug. 29 for failing to ensure that powered mobile equipment is not moved or caused to be moved when a worker may be endangered by the movement.

The Saskatoon-based company was fined $32,200.

An additional charge against the company was stayed.